The Ohio Help Me Grow Program provides assistance to pregnant women so that they can deliver healthy babies by:
Assisting families with reducing risk factors that affect the healthy development of their children; and
Assisting families with children who have a diagnosed developmental delay or disability with obtaining the necessary services needed.
As a contracted agency of the Franklin County Commissioners, the Help Me Grow Program at the Center for Child and Family Advocacy complies with federal, state, and local regulations associated with the Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
A professional Service Coordinator, with expertise in the area of infant/toddler growth & development is assigned to each child/family. The program targets children prenatally up to age 3. All services are provided within the family's natural environment. All education, interventions, and recommendations are incorporated within each family's everyday routines, activities, and places. Home visits by the Service Coordinator range in frequency from weekly to monthly. Home visit frequency is determined in collaboration with the parent and based on various factors, including parental age, family strengths, and the number of years they've been in the program.
The Service Coordinator collaborates with the parent to build on the child's developmental strengths, improve developmental delays, and enhance their child's overall growth and development. The Service Coordinator respects parents as having the most significant impact on their child's development. All CCFA Help Me Grow staff members have a minimum of a Masters Degree and have advanced knowledge in infant mental health, as well as parent-child attachment. Additionally, all CCFA Service Coordinators are credentialed through the Bureau of Early Intervention Services.
To learn more about the Help Me Grow Program, contact:
The Help Me Grow Program at the Center for Child and Family Advocacy
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
655 East Livingston Avenue
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722- 6801
To obtain information, including eligibility criteria and how to make a referral, go to: www.ohiohelpmegrow.org